The Spring Clean

This is a perfect time of year to have a spring clean, not only through your cupboards but your body. Especially after Easter with the influx of chocolate in the household. Even though I’ve just completed my first marathon my eating is a little off as I’m still celebrating and it’s nearly been a week… So I too fancy a little clear out!

If you find your energy is dipping through the day, and that you crave sugar and that you are tired a LOT, then eating for your metabolism for a couple of weeks supported by some specific supplements will benefit you greatly.

Firstly I want to tell you this is NOT a weight loss diet, it is a very balanced diet that uses fresh ingredients which we prepare ourselves. This is something I feel we should get back to, we have slowly but surely become less engaged with our food; where it comes from and the impact what we eat has on us. So one of my biggest missions is to show people how wonderful and vital you can feel by just eating fresh and less processed food.  It is not about denying yourself or making life miserable, quite the opposite, if you eat well you can get away with a lot more!!!

Fad diets have been proven again and again not to work and new research shows that these starvation diets cause the metabolism to slow and can upset the metabolic rate for literally years!

This plan is 2 weeks and is  designed to help you feel vital and get that glow back and hopefully settle the wild food cravings. This should be a good insight as to how you can help maintain a healthier feeling all year round! It is easy and fresh, meat is included as are carbs and lots of veg and fruit. You will see from the food list page that there are also fats and beans and pulses.

Eggs, dairy, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, wheat and deadly nightshades are off the menu for two weeks to help reduce any inflammation. So you are all aware deadly night shades are things like tomatoes, aubergine, white potato, courgette, curry powder, chilli, cayenne pepper & goji berries. There are full lists online! After the ‘Spring Clean’ some of these foods should be reintroduced gently. Cutting food groups is not normally necessary in my opinion, unless there is a known reason such as coeliacs, or intolerance to lactose etc.

During the two weeks it will be split up with 1-7 days eating 3 nutrient dense meals and a snack . This will be followed by days 8-9 where you will fast with a mixture of soups, smoothies and juices. Then on day 10-14 you’ll go back to consuming 3 nutrient dense meals. Alongside this there will be a supplement protocol.

One of the benefits of these two weeks is that it will really highlight where you can make your diet more nutrient dense and how often you go for the less than ideal food choice… Making the right food choices will help your energy and your mood and then you can do all the things you want and need to do in this busy world!

Exercise wise, I would try to keep it short, sharp and manageable, try to do 3-4 times a week. And as I always say if you don’t want to go hop, skip and jump then go for a walk, a swim and everyone should try to do some yoga and meditation.

There are full food lists, a list of supplements that will support your ‘Spring Clean’ and some recipe ideas. The clients who have taken part in this 2 week plan have all felt absolutely great at the end, so I am sure you will too and it is simply because you are just eating a very wholesome diet; amazing what you can do with very fresh food!